Political Unrest
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Report: State-sanctioned abduction, torture on the rise in Egypt

Human Rights | Amnesty International accuses Western ally of human rights violations amid increasing pressure on dissidents
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/14/16, 09:03 am

Egypt’s National Security Agency (NSA) has escalated the abduction and torture of suspected dissidents since early 2015 in what human rights group Amnesty International calls an “unprecedented spike.” Egyptian authorities deny the accusation, made in a report released Wednesday, calling it part of a “political agenda.”

The report accused the NSA of detaining several hundred Egyptians, including children as young as 14, without trial or access to lawyers. Officials keep the detainees handcuffed and blindfolded and torture them until they make confessions used to convict them.

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Rickety ceasefire calms fighting in South Sudan

South Sudan | Vice president leaves the capital after five days of clashes
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/13/16, 12:21 pm

South Sudan’s vice president and his troops have left the country’s capital, his spokesman said today, following the five-day battle between his supporters and the president’s forces that killed hundreds of people. His departure comes as a humanitarian crisis brews in the capital amid an uneasy peace.

Vice President Riek Machar’s spokesman James Gatdet Dak said Machar is not planning for war, but moved for other reasons.

“We had to move away from our base to avoid further confrontation,” Dak told Reuters. “He is not returning to the bush, nor is he organizing for war.”

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Tribunal rejects China’s claims to South China Sea

China | Beijing calls the ruling ‘null’ and ‘void,’ with ‘no binding force’
by June Cheng
Posted 7/12/16, 08:51 am

In a blow to China’s maritime ambitions, a United Nations tribunal ruled today the communist country has “no legal basis” for its claims in the South China Sea, a resource-rich water through which a third of the world’s trade passes. China, which has refused to participate in the arbitration process from the beginning, claimed it “does not accept or acknowledge” the tribunal or its ruling.

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